Colonel Daniel T. Casement (USA)

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Dan T. Casement

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Son of Robert Casement and Anna Casement
Brother of Brigadier General John S. Casement

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About Colonel Daniel T. Casement (USA)

From: 'Pioneering the Union Pacific'

In 1865, Brigadier General John Casement and his brother, Colonel Dan Casement were hired by contract to lead the construction phase of the Union Pacific Railroad. Both served in the American Civil War. Dan was the book keeper and financier. He made sure the bills were paid, and some how found the money to keep a steady flow of wages to the workers, even at his own expense when necessary. He also made sure that all supplies were ordered and delivered on time to keep the crews busy.

From: Who started the Union Pacific Railroad?

Leading the Construction Crew

Jack and Dan Casement supervised the men who lived for years along the railroad. Jack was a railroad contractor and former Union general, while Dan, a colonel, had a background in bookkeeping and finance. The notoriously tough Casement brothers were in charge of laborers who endured extraordinary heat and cold, insects, floods, arrows, illness, and long hours of poorly paid and grinding work seven days a week to keep the UP line advancing westward. The only laws were those imposed by the brothers. As a result of superb organization and pitiless disciplinary enforcement by the Casements, the distance covered each day averaged more than a mile and, on one occasion, surpassed 8 miles.

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